TMZ is reporting Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like "Respect," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" ... died Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She'd been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds.
She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."
"Is it a mere coincidence that the Queen of Soul and the King of Rock 'n' Roll died on the same calendar day?"
The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. pic.twitter.com/ug5oZYywAz— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Now George Michael and Aretha Franklin can belt this out together again up in Heaven...
Aretha Franklin released her first album at 14 years old, won 18 Grammy Awards, and in 1987, became first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. https://t.co/IMB7KF3OEU pic.twitter.com/kuNlVhupeg— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2018
Even though I knew this was coming, as did everyone, I am deeply saddened to hear. Aretha was a force, a voice, an icon, the Queen. I send hope for comfort to her family, friends and all who were touched by her extraordinary being. https://t.co/QWKWoZIM8k— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) August 16, 2018